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The Bowen Technique
The History of the Bowen Technique

The founder of The Original Bowen Technique was Tom Bowen 1916 – 1982

Tom BowenToms parents where originally from Wolverhampton and emigrated to Australia in the early 1900's settling Brunswick, Victoria.

Tom Bowen had no formal training or qualifications in any therapeutic backgrounds. He surrounded himself with practitioners of all kinds of therapies and absorbed there knowledge and ethos to develop his own unique work. He learnt to "read" people with his "seeing" abilities, developed through treating and helping an enormous number of people per week.

Tom minimalised his work to the use of fingers or thumbs across body tissue, muscles, ligaments and tendons. These moves are placed to include meridian and acupressure points. Tom himself was able to deliver a unique treatment to each individual in possibly only one or two treatments. It was common for patients to walk out in the same pain they walked in. Toms therapy would "get the ball rolling" and over the following few days the body would take over and do the rest. This was a very unique approach to healing.

Tom Bowen found a starting point from which he could encourage the body's own power of healing to take hold. His discovery that this is possible has enormous implications for not only for complementary therapy but significantly in modern medicine.

In 1974, while attending a National Health Conference in Adelaide, Australia, he was introduced to massage therapist Oswald Rentsch. Although Rentsch knew nothing of Bowen's work, he spontaneously asked if he could train with Bowen. Bowen subsequently invited Rentsch to Geelong to study with him and over the next two and a half years he studied Bowen's technique, watching and learning from him.

Ultimately, Bowen authorized Oswald and Elaine Rentsch to document his work, as he had no notes, charts or manual the Rentschs could copy. With the help of Bowen's receptionist, Rene Horwood, they produced a true representation of Bowen s original technique.

Ossie and Elaine RentschThe Rentschs began utilizing Bowen's methods in their own clinic in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia. At his request, it was not until Bowen's death that the Rentschs began teaching his technique.

The first seminar was held in Perth, Australia, in 1986, and by 1990, the Rentschs were teaching full time. Since that time, they have introduced the Bowen Technique throughout Australia, New Zealand, North America and the United Kingdom, and practitioners use this amazing healing modality world wide.

Because this technique is so effective, it has been widely embraced by a broad spectrum of people. Healing professionals have been impressed by the capabilities of a Bowen treatment and the diversity of problems addressed. It has been so successful that in 1994, the Rentschs implemented a Teacher Training Program, with seminars being held regularly.

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